Scotsman Fringe First Awards: Second set of 2014 winners announced

The Fringe First awards recognise outstanding new writing premiered at the festival – here is our second set of winners


Today we are delighted to announce seven more winners of our 2014 Fringe First awards.

The Scotsman Fringe Firsts are the longest-running and most prestigious theatre prizes at the festival, and are announced weekly. Our final winners will be revealed next Thursday, 21 August, the day of The Scotsman Fringe Awards at the Spiegeltent in St Andrew Square. (All public tickets for this event have now been claimed, but we hope to make a few more available on the day. Watch this space).

Thank you to our panel of judges for all their hard work during the past two weeks: Joyce McMillan, Mark Fisher, Jackie McGlone, Fiona Shepherd, Susan Mansfield and Sally Stott.

A reminder of the first set of winners, announced last week


What is it? A sharp, witty and vivid one-hour analysis of our society’s neurotic relationship with the idea of filth, by Melanie Jordan and Caitlin Skinner.

What we said: “This elegant little show raises some key questions about how we can possibly fulfil our need for a bit of old-fashioned filth and spontaneity, in a society where everything has to be sanitised and sealed off from the hazards of human touch.”

Underbelly, Cowgate, 10pm, until 24 August, more info

The Carousel

What is it? Jennifer Tremblay tells a story of mothers and daughters.

What we said: “A fine text-based performance that unfolds into a rich and glorious piece of total theatre.” (read the full review)

Traverse Theatre, various times, until 24 August, more info


What is it? A multi-media sci-fi thriller about an attempt to colonise Mars, with a complex, jigsaw-like plot formed of many stories.

What we said: “Curious Directive have developed a trademark style that is both intricate and epic, conjuring up entirely new worlds and making them feel as believable as our own. It’s something that’s ideally suited to a sci-fi play, one that draws on films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Alien.” (read the full review)

Zoo Southside, 1pm, until 25 August, more info

The Day Sam Died

What is it? Mauricio Arruda Mendonco and Paulo de Moraes’s play introduces us to the chief surgeon, a barbarian who treats patients with contempt – but whose life is complicated by three different patients called Sam.

What we said: “A raging, beautiful and surreal piece of theatre about what is now a global struggle between extreme neoliberal capitalism, and more democratic and communitarian views of the good society.”

New Town Theatre, 1:45pm, until 24 August, more info

The Object Lesson

What is it? Geoff Sobelle tells a simple love story of a man’s past relationship with the help of various objects – and some audience participation.

What we said: “The emotions we attach to inanimate objects are ingeniously explored in actor-illusionist-inventor Geoff Sobelle’s immersive show, which takes place in a warehouse-like space filled with boxes of random stuff full of hidden significance: an old record player, a half-finished bottle of wine, a dusty block of traffic lights.”

Summerhall, 6pm, until 24 August

The Initiate

What is it? A clever and disturbing new play by Alexandra Wood, in which a Somali-born taxi driver living and working in London finds himself caught in a painful clash of identities when Somali pirates take a British couple hostage, and his sons are bullied at school because they look like them.

What we said: “An intense, original and memorable play for today, with outstanding performances.”

Summerhall @ Roundabout, 12pm and 1:50pm, until 23 August


What is it? The story of a notorious suicide case involving three sisters and an aunt in Ireland – as told by a lip reader.

What we said: “Lippy reminds us that the imaginative act of putting words into the mouths of others always involves a risk of profound misunderstanding, even of oppression. And in that sense, this show stands not only as a stunning piece of theatre, but as a tribute to the four women.” (read the full review)

Traverse Theatre, various times, until 24 August, more info

A new decade and new venue for our Awards

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[Ten years at the Fringe: our guest Camille O’Sullivan]

The Scotsman Fringe Awards are back – in a new place and at a new time (but tickets are still free)

Mark the date in your diary now. Thursday 21 August at 5:15pm. That’s when the festival’s biggest and most prestigious awards ceremony returns – and tickets are still free to The Scotsman readers.

The Scotsman Fringe Awards are now in their 11th year, and we are beginning our second decade in a beautiful new venue – the Spiegeltent at St Andrew Square, a brand new venture for the Stand Comedy Club and the Assembly Rooms, bringing the Fringe to the heart of Edinburgh’s new town.

Today we are delighted to announce that Camille O’Sullivan will perform at the show. Camille was one of the first ever guests at the awards and we are delighted that she has agreed to return during her own tenth year at the Fringe. Don’t miss Camille’s own celebratory show at the Assembly Rooms, 9:45pm, until 24 August.

At this year’s Scotsman Fringe Awards you’ll get to meet the winners of some of the biggest prizes at the festival.
These include:

• The Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, which takes one winning show to New York early in 2015.
• The Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence – the winner of which will get the chance to perform at the festival next year.
• The Holden Street Theatres Award – which will take one winning show to next year’s Adelaide Fringe.
• The Arches Brick Award – the winners of which will be invited to perform at the cutting-edge Glasgow venue next year.
• The Scotsman’s own Fringe Firsts, the longest-running theatre awards at the festival, which celebrated their 40th anniversary last year. On the night we’ll be revealing our final week of 2014 winners – one of whom we will be inviting to perform an extract of their show.

We will be announcing more special guests for the show in the coming weeks. Watch this space. And in the meantime, make sure you get a ticket before they’re all gone.

Your invitation to the Scotsman Fringe First Awards

The Scotsman and The Assembly Rooms are giving you the chance to attend The Scotsman Fringe Awards. Simply take the coupon in today’s copy of The Scotsman Festival Supplement to The Assembly Rooms George St to claim tickets.

BY PHONE: You can call the Assembly Rooms Box Office on 0844 6933008 quoting “Scotsman Fringe Awards 2014”

IN PERSON: Complete the coupon and take it along to the Assembly Rooms Box Office, George Street, Edinburgh, between 11am and 5pm.

Originally published in The Scotsman

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